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October 22, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A fake cadaver offers real opportunities for LCC students

Lower Columbia College biology instructor Lucas Myers dons latex gloves, then reaches into a pool of water while pressing the button that slowly raises the college’s 110-pound, 5-foot-4-inch Syndaver out of its specially built table. The Syndaver is a synthetic female cadaver, made of organic tissues and compounds like silicone, Myers said. It’s made with incredible detail, mirroring real flesh and organs in pigment and color, and will even break down if not taken care of properly, he said.
The Daily News, Oct. 21, 2019

All in the family: Young sisters facing medical challenges become part of college softball team's family

With members of the Yakima Valley College fast-pitch softball team watching from the bleachers, Holley Estrada signed the letter of intent that would make her a Yak. Holley isn’t in college; far from it. She’s only 6. Her older sister Haley Cook, who helped Holley after signing her own ceremonial letter of intent last week, is 9. “I know how to swing a bat,” Haley said during a gathering at the softball field Wednesday, prompting coach Chuck Bodeen to good-naturedly ask her to help others on the team with that.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 21, 2019

YVC is keeping more students informed with RAVE text alerts

Yakima Valley College is re-launching the way students stay informed of emergency situations and school closures with the RAVE Emergency Alert System. The safety alert text system has been in place since 2014 but less than 10 percent of students at YVC were signed up for the notifications. Before October 15, 2019 students needed to formally opt in to receive the alerts. Now every student and staff member will be automatically signed up for the alerts.
NBC Right Now, Oct. 21, 2019

Wildfire prep classes offered this fall

Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education is offering wildfire preparedness courses in a partnership with Okanogan Conservation District. Classes kick off October 23 at the Omak Campus. “They (the classes) are a great way to prepare now, going into the winter thinking about what you might do in the spring on how to reduce your wildfire risk,” said Libby Siebens, community relations executive director.
KPQ, Oct. 20, 2019

UPS to launch bachelor's degree program for incarcerated women

University of Puget Sound announced Friday that its board of trustees approved a bachelor’s degree program for incarcerated women in the Washington Corrections Center for Women in partnership with Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS). ... Currently, the program awards an Associate of Arts degree accredited by Tacoma Community College to students who successfully complete their coursework. Through the bachelor’s degree program, FEPPS students will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from University of Puget Sound. The university plans to admit a cohort of 10 to 15 students to the program every two to three years.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 19, 2019

Bhangra dance event creates space for South Asian community

... “It was the first time I understood there was a (South Asian) population that was more than just me in the valley,” Loonat said. “That was a very moving experience. As I looked around, I realized that many people were not able to speak English fluently, sometimes not at all.” She began to brainstorm an event that would bring together the South Asian community, and introduce them to educational opportunities at Skagit Valley College. On Oct. 12, the college hosted the second annual bhangra dance performance, a colorful and energetic traditional dance from India. 
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 19, 2019

Coming to the Creative Retirement Institute in 2020: Jazz appreciation

“Jazz is a dialect, a certain language.” So says Brent Jensen, instructor for a new  Jazz Appreciation course coming to the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI) at Edmonds Community College winter term 2020. And Jensen is definitely a person who should know. The course provides a brief survey of the development of jazz music in the United States. Students will listen to and study a number of jazz styles along with important instrumentalists, singers, bands and composers.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 19, 2019

Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny to perform

Peninsula College will welcome Dmitri Matheny, winner of NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year honors in last year’s Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, to Maier Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday. He will be backed by the David P. Jones Trio. ... Matheny is celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique on the flugelhorn, organizers said. First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 18, 2019

WCC offers new adult high school diploma program

Whatcom County has just over 13,000 adults without a high school diploma. Whatcom Community College is trying to lower that number by offering a new, low-cost and fully online program to help adults who didn’t graduate but want to earn a diploma. The High School Completion-Plus program offers an alternative to onsite education for students aged 18 and over.
KGMI, Oct. 18, 2019

BIMA's third 'Within/Earshot Jazz Festival' continues with concerts, screenings and more

... Serving as a full-time professor of music at Seattle Central College since 1993, Cauter has developed and teaches a variety of music history classes including “World Music,” “American Popular Music,” “Rock Music: History and Perspectives,” “Music in The Western World,” and “History of Jazz” in traditional face-to-face, online, and seminar modes of delivery. In 2011, he was invited to join the faculty at Olympic College where he has developed and teaches online offerings in “World Music,” “Music in Film and Television,” and “History of American Popular Music.”
Bainbridge Island Review, Oct. 18, 2019

Recession proofing your career

The economy in the Seattle area is strong, which makes this the right time to recession proof your career. ... The staff in Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech) Employment Resource Center help students with job placement and career planning, every day. ... The Corporate and Continuing Education Center-Eastside (CCEC-Eastside), offers training and certificate programs through a partnership among LWTech, Cascadia College and Everett Community College.
Kirkland Reporter, Oct. 17, 2019

Big Bend seeking community input in search for next college president

Big Bend Community College is seeking community input in the search for a new college president. The public is invited to complete a short online survey to provide input for the college’s search. ... A presidential search advisory committee will be tasked with conducting the search for a new president. Candidate review is expected to begin in December. On campus interviews with the finalists will be conducted early next year.
iFiber One News, Oct. 17, 2019

From the studio: Tales of the American

"Tales of the American" is a new exhibit and documentary film, now at the Spokane Falls Community College Fine Arts Gallery, about the lives of the artists and occupants of the historic American Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The film's writer and editor, Pamela Wilson, and director, Stephen Seemayer, visit the studio to talk about the history of the hotel itself, and the genesis and creation of the film and the accompanying art exhibit, which features the works of some of the artists who lived and worked at the hotel. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, Oct. 17, 2019

Columbia Basin College alums gift college 3,400-lb petrified log in family's honor

Richard and Gayle Kerr, alums of CBC, donated a 3,400 lb petrified log to Columbia Basin College (CBC)’s Geology Department in honor of their late uncle, Kyle Starkey. The Kerrs believe Uncle Kyle unearthed the log in the late 1950’s during a dam excavation in the Grand Coulee Dam region. Starkey brought the log home on a large flatbed and it’s been sitting in his yard ever since until his wife Margie, who is now 90 years old and moving to a new home, decided she was ready to ‘let it go’ in September 2019.
NBC Right Now, Oct. 17, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

4 personas of adult learners

Adult learners can’t be lumped into a one-size-fits-all category, according to Leanne Davis, assistant director of applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. That’s why Lipman Hearne, a Chicago-based marketing firm with a focus on higher education and enrollment, surveyed adult learners and created four “personas” to better understand them. Kirsten Fedderke, senior vice president and account director at the firm, said while much of what they found in the survey matches common assumptions about adult learners, some data point to nuances of the population that are often ignored.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21, 2019

Internationalizing the campus

While the number of community college students taking study abroad experiences has been steadily increasing over the past few years, it’s still much lower than that of other types of higher education institutions. Of the 323,727 U.S. students in higher education who studied abroad in 2015-17, only 7,215 were from community colleges, according to the most recent Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education.
Community College Daily, Oct. 21, 2019

Nearly 19,000 youth in King County are neither working nor in school. How one Seattle nonprofit is changing that.

... Nearly 19,000 youth in King County are neither working nor in school. How one Seattle nonprofit is changing that.... In King County, nearly 19,000 yourth ages 16 to 29 are neither in school nor working. But an evaluation of a South King County program that helps aspiring students reconnect with college and career goals found they were three times more likely to enroll in a postsecondary program. 
The Seattle Times, Oct. 20, 2019

Defunding student mental health

... University and college administrators across the country have been increasingly saying that student mental health issues are one of the most pressing, and costly, challenges on campuses today. Four-year institutions are allocating larger portions of their budgets to mental health services for students, and they are feeling some financial strain. But community colleges -- largely underfunded and facing declining enrollment -- are seriously struggling to cover, much less keep up with, the high costs of providing those services.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2019

Prioritizing privacy

... While many colleges have added chief information security officers to their IT teams in the past decade, relatively few have added chief privacy officers. Things appear to be changing. “I think most colleges will have privacy officers in the next five to seven years,” Celeste Schwartz, vice president for information technology and chief digital officer at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania, said in a session on privacy at the conference. “I think laws will almost dictate that.”
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington watch: House HEA bill heads to mark up next week

Leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee plan to mark up their just-introduced bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) next week. The College Affordability Act (H.R. 3674) will likely pass along a party-line vote, as was the case with Republican legislation to reauthorize HEA that the committee considered in 2017. The full House never voted on that legislation. At the pending markup, Republicans are expected to offer a slew of amendments to the bill, just as Democrats did when they were in the minority.
Community College, Daily, Oct. 20, 2019

Senators press CFPB to dig into problems with public service student loan program

Four U.S. senators told the head of the nation's top consumer protection agency Thursday that they want her to launch examinations into serious problems with a program designed to offer loan forgiveness to public service workers. ... "According to a recent NPR report, in 2018 the CFPB launched an effort to find out why the program is failing our public servants, but Secretary [Betsy] DeVos' Department of Education seems to have successfully stonewalled those efforts," said Sen. Bob Menendez, during a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee. 
NPR, Oct. 17, 2019




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